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A wikileaks source has been arrested in Iraq.
I would urge you to read the entire story link at Wired.com, because with anything military related, there is their version, and the spin, what really happened, and the truth usually gets lost somewhere. The suspect, Spc Bradley Manning, was arrested 12 days ago May 26, but it’s been kept under wraps.
In addition to the video “Collateral Murder,” which was released world wide in April, showing the murder of the Reuters journalist and photographer, and the wounding of children in a nearby vehicle, by American helicopter attack in Iraq in 2007, which was diaried here,
More about the life and deaths of Reuters’ Namir Noor Eldeen and Saeed Chmagh and their surviving families, here,
The wikileaks homepage is here: http://wikileaks.org/
This 22 year old Army intelligence Spc also allegedly got ahold of 260,000 classified US diplomatic cables. Which he boasted about to an “ex” (ex? once a, always a ….. ) hacker named Adrian Lamo.
“Everywhere there’s a U.S. post, there’s a diplomatic scandal that will be revealed,” Manning wrote. “It’s open diplomacy. World-wide anarchy in CSV format. It’s Climategate with a global scope, and breathtaking depth. It’s beautiful, and horrifying.”
The article says that Manning contacted hacker Lamo and supposedly outed himself as the wikileaks source thru email and instant messaging. After they became friendly, and Manning told him about the embassy cables, Lamo contacted the Army, which met with him in Carmichael, CA. (suburb of Sacramento.)
Lamo has contributed funds to Wikileaks in the past, and says he agonized over the decision to expose Manning – he says he’s frequently contacted by hackers who want to talk about their adventures, and he’s never considered reporting anyone before. The supposed diplomatic cable leak, however, made him believe Manning’s actions were genuinely dangerous to U.S. national security.
“I wouldn’t have done this if lives weren’t in danger,” says Lamo, who discussed the details with Wired.com following Manning’s arrest. “He was in a war zone and basically trying to vacuum up as much classified information as he could, and just throwing it up into the air.”
Manning told Lamo that he enlisted in the Army in 2007 and held a Top Secret/SCI clearance, details confirmed by his friends and family members. He claimed to have been rummaging through classified military and government networks for more than a year and said that the networks contained “incredible things, awful things … that belonged in the public domain, and not on some server stored in a dark room in Washington DC.”
From Motherjones.com on this latest development: http://motherjones.com/mojo/20…
Neither WikiLeaks nor its founder, Julian Assange, has responded to the news yet. That Manning was apparently sunk by his own loose lips gives added weight to Assange’s assertion that WikiLeaks’ procedure for anonymous leaking has never led to the outing of any of its sources. As he told MoJo about two Kenyan human rights activists with links to a WikiLeaks leak who were later gunned down, their mistake was that they “weren’t acting in an anonymous way.” Manning, it would seem, wasn’t either.
Julian Assange had his Australian passport confiscated for a while last month. On June 3, an Australian news.com (Fox, Murdoch) site badmouthed them by claiming that wikileaks monitored “Tor- The Onion Router” which is free software that is used to to share encrypted information over the internet anonymously. http://www.news.com.au/technol…
The same Aussie site ran their first paragraph this way:
THE US Army may have caught the man responsible for leaking the Collateral Murder video to whistleblower site Wikileaks.
Wired.com reports Bradley Manning, 22, was arrested by the US Army’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) two weeks ago at his station some 65km east of Baghdad.
At the time of the release of the Collateral Murder video, US Sec of Defense Robert Gates said that he did not anticipate that it would hurt the United State’s image. He called it “unfortunate” and “not helpful” but said it shouldn’t have any “lasting consequences. ” http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/…
In a related story, Assange complained of being tailed from Reykjavik to Copenhagen by US secret agents, of a restaurant meeting place being put under surveillance in Iceland, and of being followed in Luxembourg by British intelligence.
“Computers were also seized,” another member of Wikileaks said on Twitter, raising alarm among supporters with a subsequent post: “If anything happens to us, you know why . . . and you know who is responsible.”
Their apprehension is perhaps understandable. The US defence establishment has made it clear that it would like to silence the site. In 2008, the Pentagon produced a report on how to undermine and neutralise Wikileaks. This, too, emerged on the website.
A Wikileaks facebook page with 30,000 fans was deleted on April 21 after being created on April 13, with the facebook excuse being “it promoted illegal acts.” A commenter from Canberra under that story says:
What protection your first amendment now America? Corporations don’t vote but have extraordinary powers.
Good question, after 7 years of war in a country we invaded under false pretenses, and that we are “withdrawing” from, only to park ourselves in another where it’s been going on for 9, while we send drones and private contractors doing secret opps into yet a third.
Did that Election Have Consequences after all ?